GLOUCESTER, England, August 8 (RNS)--The venerable Canterbury Cathedral may have said no to Harry Potter, but Gloucester's 11th century cathedral is welcoming the young wizard and the filmmakers looking for a location to portray Harry's school -- the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Warner Bros. is making a film of the first of J.K. Rowling's four best-selling Harry Potter novels that detail the coming-of-age adventures of the young wizard.
Earlier this year the authorities at Canterbury Cathedral turned down a request for their building to be used. The officials said that because Canterbury is the mother church of the Anglican Communion, they had to be sensitive to the feelings of some Christians that there is something anti-Christian in the Harry Potter books.
That is not an attitude shared by the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Rev. Nicholas Bury, who argues that in the Potter books goodness, honesty and integrity overcome lies and deceit.
Bury told reporters he thinks Rowling's novels will become classic children's stories in the great tradition of C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories, even though the latter are set within a more explicitly Christian framework, and J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.